Category Archives: LISA Event

LISA 2nd Annual BBQ Picnic Photos

There is just something about tucking into food outdoors in the tranquil sensory private garden hidden in the heart of Central London. We had plenty of good food and drinks and plenty of laughter and catching up with old friends and we were even really lucky with the weather.

A massive thank you to all of you who joined us on 6th of September and I hope the rest of you had a really good excuse.


Old Bank of England Spring Drinks Meetup 5th March 2014


Wednesday 5th March 2014

194 Fleet St City of London, EC4A 2LT

7:00 pm till late

After a short break, we are pleased to invite you to the next one of our regular London pub nights.

Situated in the former law courts of the Bank of England, the pub is located in Fleet Street, just along from the Royal Courts of Justice with the entrance illuminated by blazing torches.

There is no charge to attend this event. Guests of alumni welcome.

We hope to see you there!

LISA Ice Skating in Canary Wharf


Welcome to 2014!

I hope all of you had an amazing time over the holidays and you have come with new inspirations and plans to enjoy the year!

LISA would like to contribute to this by inviting you to our first event for 2014! For the people (like me) who have missed the ice skating frenzy over Christmas, here is a chance to catch up! Let’s all have some fun on the ice skate ring on Saturday, 25th January!

Tickets must be purchased in advance so below you will find a link to buy them! Hope to see you there!



LISA Christmas Dinner 2013

By Elena Trifonova and Alex Calcan
LISA held its second annual Xmas dinner at La Porchetta restaurant in central London, to celebrate the end of a good year and the beginning of the festive season.
As most LISA events, the dinner was held on a Wednesday,  the 4th of December. Wednesday often suit most Alumni in London, such that it is not too early in the week, and does not overlap with work dos or weekend plans. 28 Alumni from various years from the 90s, 00s and 10s, turned up at a little Italian restaurant to enjoy a nice meal and reconnect with fellow alumnus from all walks of life.
As el vino began to flow, Elena tapped her glass and stood to welcome everyone to the dinner, and thank them for coming to an event that proved for the second year running to be successful. She thanked the social committee for their organization, then handed the floor to LISA Chair, Adnan Naseem, who gave an impromptu speech about LISA and how far it has come from its establishment, and how he enjoyed seeing so many new faces get involved with the alumni effort. He then gave the floor to Charles Wahab, who had prepared a speech!
Charles, rarely shy of public speaking, had prepared what appeared to be a 10 page speech. An aspiring (stress aspiring) standup comedian, Charles went through a number of achievements and stories from the Alumni around the globe: from Chris who went to the North Pole, to Thor who crossed Greenland. He also congratulated many on their recent matrimonies and joyful news, and made bold claims to what LISA holds in the future, from Talent Shows to volunteering events, the best was yet to come.
Charles was booed of his makebelief stage, and everyone tucked into their tiramisu and drank the night away, while Alex, made sure digital evidence was taken!


Winter Starts at the Old Bank of England

By Alex Calcan
LISA held one of it’s regular Old Bank of England meetups on Fleet Street on Wednesday November 6th,  to usher in the winter and swing open the doors to yet another season of Alumni events and social activities.

Old Bank of England Autumn Drinks Meetup 6th November 2013

Old Bank of England Sign

Wednesday 6th November 2013

Gallery – The Old Bank of England Pub

194 Fleet St City of London, EC4A 2LT

7:00 pm till late

LISA Alumni Group would like invite you to the next one of our regular London pub nights.

Situated in the former law courts of the Bank of England, the pub is located in Fleet Street, just along from the Royal Courts of Justice with the entrance illuminated by blazing torches.

There is no charge to attend this event. Guests of alumni welcome.

We hope to see you there!

The Future was Here – Photos

Last Sunday a few of us visited ‘The Future is Here’ exhibition at the Design Museum. The weather did live up to the expectations of the miserably moody autumnal weather in London. It was bitterly cold and raining. The numbers were slightly lower than we had anticipated, but Shad, despite its central location, can be a rather tricky place to get to.

With the exception of one person (no pointing fingers, please!) who ironically also happened to be the same person who was lecturing everyone not to forget their AmazonLocal vouchers, everyone (who cared enough  remembered to buy one) came equipped with hard copies.

Anyway, the exhibition promised to inform us about the innovation in manufacturing, 3D printing and the design processes transformation. The Design Museum team was clearly trying to raise some provocative questions to add to the debate on progress and sustainability and our relationship with consumer products. For example, one of the main focuses of the exhibition was 3D printing and a thought that in some years from now this technology will become more ubiquitous and accessible to ordinary individuals. If we can make something that is not mass produced but more adapted to our needs will we treasure it more or will we replace it sooner to address our  needs?

Despite all that I felt the exhibition was not visually captivating and engaging. Sure, I learnt a thing or two and there were exhibits I really liked, but all in all, while it was not totally pants, I am very happy I did not pay full price.

DISCLAIMER: The views on “The Future is Here” expressed in the previous two paragraphs are those of the author and do not represent the views of, and should not be attributed to the LSE Information Systems Alumni Association. They are purely opinionated attention-seeking gibberish of an individual who realised that now, thanks to the Internet, they have got a wider audience to bore with their points of view.

Swiftly moving on, all in all, it was fun and we had a really good time, followed up by a quick drink and a gossip in All-Bar-One (obviously!). I personally was impressed by the fact that one of the alumni, who currently lives in Poland due to her Google work commitments and was visiting a friend in London, made an effort to attend the meetup. What was your excuse, Londoners?

And here is some proof that we indeed left the house despite it raining cats and dogs:

Upcoming Event – The Future is Here @ the Design Museum, 13 October 2013


The Future is Here @ Design Museum 2013

This year, the LISA committee is trying to organise a wider range of events for alumni, going beyond our usual pub meetings. The picnic at the end of August proved a success, but now that the weather has taken a turn for the worse we thought a little something with a twist indoors might just do the trick.

Therefore, I am pleased to announce that we have scheduled a trip to the Design Museum to see their exhibition “The Future is Here”.

The exhibition has been organised in collaboration with the Technology Strategy Board and is looking into how modern technology is altering the world, exposing the future of manufacturing and distribution. The role the consumer plays is becoming increasingly interwoven into the design and goods manufacturing making the future of industry to be more and more ambiguous. This exhibition promises to explain the drivers behind modernisation and the economic benefits, as well as exploring the rise of hacktivists.

Ah sorry, got a bit carried away with the whole social science enquiry into things – I forgot I’m writing an event invite rather than a literature review.  So, to the point:

Date: 13 October 2013, Sunday

Time: 15.45 – 17.45

Place: Shad Thames, London, SE1 2YD

Cost: Attendants are responsible for purchasing their own ticket.

Design museum tickets are priced at £11.85 Adult (£10.75 without donation), £10.70 Concession (£9.70 without donation), £7.50 Student (£6.50 without donation).  However, there is currently a lovely deal on AmazonLocal where you can purchase tickets in advance for a mere £6. Please remember to print out your voucher!

We will meet just outside the museum and will then explore the exhibition (hopefully without wrecking the place) until 5.45 pm, when the venue closes.

The plan for afterwards is to have a short 10 minutes stroll crossing the Tower Bridge towards St Katharine Docks to have an early dinner/drinks at Zizzi or any other nearby restaurant (TBC shortly).

Please click here to RSVP. Friends and family are more than welcome as ever!

1st Annual Alumni Picnic


Where: Hyde Park – Serpentine [Map]

When:  Saturday, 31st of August, 2013

2 p.m. until 6 p.m.

Cost:    Free to attend

All alumni and friends and family are welcome!

If you are in London, please come along to our first annual alumni summer picnic in Hyde Park on Saturday 31st of August at 14:00.

Bring your family and classmates, meet old friends or make new ones. Light snacks will be provided, but please feel free to bring additional snacks to share with other participants. We will provide all paper products (aka, cups, plates, etc) … while quantities last. Please BYOB.

Food, fun, games, prizes and hopefully sunshine!

Click on the link to RSPV.

Rain or Shine

Remember, this is London. Rain can turn into a beautiful day within minutes (hopefully!). In case of rain we will meet inside serpentine cafe.

Make sure to wear comfortable clothing and sunscreen!

How to get there

Nearest tube station is Lancaster gate – go through the park in front of the station, walk past the Italian fountains and follow the footpath to the Serpentine.